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Emergent Leadership: The Beginner’s Mindset: Social Equity and Yesterday’s News

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Join Brad Pitassi, the assistant chief of City of Maricopa (AZ) Fire and Medical, as he shares his path to emergent leadership.

He discusses how prepping for law school turned into firefighting and a public information officer role and how those communication and relationship-building skills served as the foundation for his recent promotion to assistant chief of administrative services.

Chief Pitassi shares stories of success, but also one of failure following the fatal Yarnell Hill fire. He explains how he has since used that lesson to become a stronger and more empathetic leader.

Brad explains his PIO mindset, how to manage the face of your organization and describes how investing in social equity strengthens community relations and empowers employees.

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